Celebrating the Success of Our #MarathonHeroes!

We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible achievements of our #MarathonHeroes! This year, 137 dedicated runners joined the 412 Food Rescue Run For A Reason team, raising an impressive $17,839.44! While our goal was $20,000, we are immensely grateful for the overwhelming support and commitment shown by each participant. These efforts are making a significant impact on our community.

Since 2015, 412 Food Rescue has been a proud participant in the Run For A Reason Program. Over the years, our Marathon Heroes have raised nearly $140,000 to support our mission of redirecting good food to those who need it most.

This year’s goal of $20,000 will enable us to rescue approximately 71,000 pounds of food—equivalent to nearly 60,000 nutritious meals for the 1 in 5 Pittsburghers experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, this effort mitigates 194,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, making a substantial impact on food waste and hunger in our community. Every step we take together brings us closer to a future where no food is wasted and everyone has convenient access to healthy food.

We Have Until May 31 to Reach Our Goal!

Although we haven’t yet reached our $20,000 goal, there is still time! We have until May 31 to raise the remaining funds.

We encourage everyone to continue spreading the word and supporting our runners. Together, we can achieve this milestone, further our mission, and help our #MarathonHeroes RUN FOR FREE!

Donate now and help our #MarathonHeroes reach their goal!

Thank You #MarathonHeroes

A special shout-out to our top fundraiser, Jennifer Polce, whose extraordinary efforts have inspired us all. We are also grateful to all the individuals who put purpose to their passion by supporting 412 Food Rescue:

Your dedication and hard work are truly commendable, and we are proud to have you as part of our team.

Thank You Lead Sponsor, Duolingo

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Duolingo, our lead sponsor, for their unwavering support and commitment to our community. As a company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Duolingo not only fosters language learning globally but also champions local initiatives that promote well-being and inclusivity. Thank you, Duolingo, for making a difference with us!

Thank You, Volunteers!

We would be remiss not to acknowledge the incredible volunteers who made this event possible. From handing out shirts and spreading the word about our mission to supporting the community on race day, your contributions were invaluable. Volunteers at the finish line chute distributed water, sports drinks, heat sheets, and food to finishers, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all. You set up tables, kept supplies stocked, and cleaned up after the race, demonstrating remarkable dedication and teamwork.

Thank you, P3R!

We are also deeply grateful to P3R, the organizers of the Pittsburgh Marathon, for their generous donation of all leftover food from this year’s event to 412 Food Rescue. Thanks to their support, our team was able to redistribute an impressive 4,920 pounds of bananas, 440 pounds of Eat’n Park cookies, 88 pounds of potato chips, and 1,520 pounds of water. These food items were delivered to a handful of our nonprofit partners, including West Park Courts, St. Mary of Mercy, CARE412, Outreached Arms, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Abel I W Place, and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Bidwell High Rise. This incredible effort ensured that no good food went to waste and provided much-needed nourishment to our community.

Get Ready for the 2025 Marathon!

As we celebrate the successes of this year’s #MarathonHeroes, we’re already gearing up for next year’s event. The countdown is on to May 5, 2025!

By committing early, you’ll have ample time to train, fundraise, and rally support for our cause. Plus, you’ll be joining a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for running and making a positive impact.

Why Become a 2025 Marathon Hero?

  • Make a Difference: Support 412 Food Rescue’s mission to reduce food waste and provide meals to those in need.
  • Exclusive Benefits: Enjoy perks like training support, fundraising tools, and team camaraderie.
  • Run for Free: Raise the fundraising minimum and get your registration fee refunded, allowing you to run for free while supporting a great cause.

Don’t wait—commit today to be a 2025 Marathon Hero and help us continue the fight against food waste and hunger. Sign up for our newsletter and get notified when registration for the 2025 Pittsburgh Marathon opens.

Together, we can achieve great things and create a brighter future for our community.

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